His Credentials: A longtime exec who has worked alongside everyone from Jay-Z to Public Enemy to Warren G, he was named the first-ever President of Black Music for the Atlantic Records Group earlier this year.
What Makes Him So Smooth: Creating your own place in the world is smooth. And that's exactly what Kyser has done at Atlantic. He's done such a good job harvesting talent like T.I. and Trey Songz that the company entrusted him with a new title that he has more than earned through years of hard work.